Challenges

Challenges

Elaine Aronson, timeoutdoors' Challenges Editor, outlines the appeal of taking on a tough physical challenge for a good cause. 

We all like to be challenged. That sense of achievement that can only come from surmounting obstacles and realising goals is what makes us feel alive. The difficulty and severity of some challenges, however, means that we sometimes need an extra push to see us triumphantly over the line.

What better way, then, to provide that added boost than the knowledge that we are putting ourselves through considerable strain to raise money for a good cause. When donations to a charity close to your heart are dependent on success, you will find the inner strength to run that extra yard, swim that extra stroke and climb that extra foot. Challenges for charity come in all shapes and sizes and you can find further information below on the following:

  • Charity runs - including fun runs, 10K runs, half marathons and marathons in the UK and overseas
  • UK charity challenges - all UK challenges including walks, 3 Peaks challenges, bike rides, skydives, swims, triathlons, abseils and more
  • Overseas charity challenges - all overseas challenges including overseas runs, treks, bike rides, extreme challenges and more
  • Fundraising advice - get some fundraising ideas
  • Charity listings - find a good cause to benefit from your fundraising
Charity challenge ideas are not in short supply, enabling you to pick something that you enjoy doing and play to your strengths. Alternatively, why not try something completely different, something you have never done before - and really push yourself outside of your comfort zone? After all, is a charity challenge really a challenge if you’re not left breathless, exhausted and ecstatic at the end?

The organisations in need of money are numerous, and the possibilities and ways of raising that money are endless so get out there and get going!

Conquer 8 peaks in 2 days!
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Conquer 8 peaks in 2 days!

Register today for just £75

Scafell Pike, Helvellyn & Skiddaw are three of the eight 3000ft+ Lake District peaks that you will conquer in just 2 days. Fully-qualified mountain leader, highly experienced safety team, accommodation, meals, transport between the peaks & much more included...

Conquer 4 countries in 5 days!
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Conquer 4 countries in 5 days!

UK, France, Belgium & Netherlands

Join team Bowel Cancer UK on their bespoke cycle this September and help save lives. Saddle up and get in gear for this jam-packed, 350 mile adventure, taking you on a journey through the UK, France, Belgium and Netherlands. Celebrate your success in style at the finish line in Amsterdam!

Chasing the Sun
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Chasing the Sun

Pit yourself against the clock and the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District on 30th May 2015.

Start at the crack of dawn with mountain biking in the beautiful Grizedale Forest, then take to Lake Coniston for a three-mile kayak followed by a hike up the iconic peak of the Old Man of...

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
Featured event

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100

2 August 2015

Ballot entries are now closed - so the main way to enter "The London Marathon on Wheels" is by getting a charity place.

Here you will find charities who have places, their cause & what benefits they offer their cyclists. Plus some are offering FREE registration...

Overseas charity treks
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Overseas charity treks

Charity treks are the perfect excuse and opportunity to explore somewhere new. Whether it’s a trek in the Himalayas, a mountain and/or desert challenge in Morocco or a jungle trek in Borneo, there’s a place and an experience to suit everyone.

Dare to Bungee

Do you dare to bungee for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice?

Ten Tors Dartmoor Challenge

The Ten Tors Dartmoor Challenge will take you into the West Country's last great wilderness giving you the chance to enjoy this breathtaking wild landscape. Age 16+

Cycle London to Amsterdam Challenge

A great fun bike challenge adventure covering around 290 miles. An ideal itinerary for a first cycling challenge - as the hills are very few and far between!

The Three Peaks Challenge

Climbing the 3 highest peaks in the Home Nations, Scotland, England and Wales. Tackling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and doing it in the space of 24 hrs.

Cycle London to Paris

A classic and well thought out 280 mile route from Greenwich to central Paris using a mix of fast, direct roads and small country lanes.

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Genesis Research Trust

Genesis Research Trust funds vital medical research dedicated to improving the lives of women and babies.

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